Madison House Staff

 
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Tim Freilich
Executive Director

Email: tim@madisonhouse.org

As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, Tim was a Madison House volunteer and program director with the Medical Services program. In 2005, he was named “Alumni of the Year” by the Madison House Alumni Council. Prior to joining the Madison House team, Tim was the Legal Director of the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Immigrant Advocacy Program. Tim earned his B.A. and his law degree at the University of Virginia, where he received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Public Service.

He began representing migrant farmworkers with the Legal Aid Justice Center in 1999, and in 2001 he established Legal Aid’s northern Virginia branch to work with the region’s day laborers. In 2009, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy awarded Tim with the first David Carliner Public Interest Award, a national award given in recognition of fearless, uncompromising, and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people. Tim lives in downtown Charlottesville with his wife and two young daughters. As the Executive Director at Madison House, Tim is excited to lead an organization that bridges the gap between the University and greater Charlottesville communities.


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Melissa Fountain
Director of Development

Email: mfountain@madisonhouse.org

Melissa joined Madison House in the fall of 2016, having most recently served as the Associate Director of Reunion Giving at UVA. Melissa has extensive fundraising experience, including soliciting major gifts of $100,000+, future support gifts (will provisions, life income gifts, beneficiary designations, etc.), managing leadership annual giving campaigns, and coordinating volunteer fundraising efforts.  

She is excited to meet the terrific alumni and friends of Madison House and looking forward to broadening the scope of financial support of this inimitable leadership-building, community service-focused center. Melissa will travel regularly to connect with Madison House donors (or you can let her know if you will be in town!), while spearheading Madison House’s 50th anniversary celebratory campaign. A native of suburban Washington, Melissa received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa and cut her teeth professionally as an editor for PR Newswire in Chicago. She moved with her husband and son to Charlottesville in 2003, settling in the 10th and Page neighborhood.  

Fundraising aside, Melissa’s favorite ways to spend time are cultivating her garden, exploring new cities through their food culture, and practicing Pilates, in which she is a certified instructor in intermediate mat.  An avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, Melissa someday hopes to finish an entire Sunday edition of the New York Times before the next one arrives.


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Jasmine Lewis
Director of Operations

Email: jasmine@madisonhouse.org

Jasmine started her career with Madison House in August 2015. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she proudly became a Ram and attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (2010) and Master of Public Administration (2012) degrees.

Jasmine was employed at VCU for seven years, where she worked for both the academic and medical libraries, and was an active member of the Diversity Committee. Jasmine has a sincere passion for volunteering and enjoys engaging with the awesome students of UVA and members of the community to help fulfill Madison House's mission.


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Faran Saeed
Director of Community Engagement

Email: faran@madisonhouse.org

Faran came to Madison House in September 2015 from Louisiana State University where he worked in the department of Campus Life. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Memphis and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration-Student Affairs from LSU. While at LSU, he advised three service organizations: Volunteer LSU, Kitchens on the Geaux, and Geaux BIG Baton Rouge (a large day of community service).

A couple of his favorite memories were serving as a volunteer for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis and working with the local Muslim community to provide meals for the underprivileged. In his personal time, Faran does interfaith work on the local and national level and enjoys sports, CrossFit, and spending time with family and friends. He is excited to be part of Madison House and is looking forward to working with the students, staff, and members of the community.

Programs Advisor:  Arts Mentors, Bridging the Gap, Creating Assets, Savings & Hope (CASH), Day Care, ESOL, Medical Services, & The BIG Event.


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Alys Sink
Director of Communications

Email: alys@madisonhouse.org

Alys joined Madison House in August 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing at Hollins University and her Master of Science in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication at James Madison University (JMU). While at JMU, Alys volunteered with the Church World Service and conducted research into the impact of refugee women’s experiences within the American resettlement process. She continues to volunteer with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) here in Charlottesville and serves as a Hotline Volunteer with the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. 

When Alys isn’t at Madison House, she enjoys traveling, gardening, and listening to comedy podcasts. She is thrilled to be working with the staff, students, friends, and community partners of Madison House and looks forward to contributing to the House’s mission of lifelong volunteer service. 


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Rollin Johnson Jr.
Community Engagement Coordinator

Email: rollinj@madisonhouse.org

Rollin G. Johnson, Jr.’s career and work has focused on deepening the impact of people, program operations, universities, and other organizations within their communities. He brings over 12 years of experience in program management, community relations, and strategic planning.

As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, he served in Nepal and Burkina Faso. He is also a former AmeriCorps VISTA member. In 2012, the Peace Corps honored Rollin with the Franklin H. Williams award for his continued commitment to service and fostering understanding among people with diverse backgrounds.

Rollin holds an MBA from Saginaw Valley State University. He resides in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley with his family. 

Programs Advisor: Adopt-A-Grandparent, Animals and Environment, Big Sibs, Creative Learning After School and Summer (CLASS), HELP Line, Hoos Assisting with Life Obstacles (HALO), Holiday Sharing, Housing Improvement, & Youth Mentoring.  


 

Sophia Sjolinder
Development Coordinator

Email: sophia@madisonhouse.org

After spending eight years away from her hometown of Charlottesville, Sophia returned home in the summer of 2018 to begin her career with Madison House. Sophia earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University. While at ODU, she served as the Treasurer, and then President, of the Master of Public Administration Association. Her graduate research initiatives include emotional intelligence & leadership, public mental health, rehabilitative justice, and philanthropic theory.

When Sophia isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, playing soccer, and spending time outdoors with her chocolate lab, Charlie. Sophia is excited to make a difference in the Charlottesville community through her work with Madison House and looks forward to connecting with both students and community members, alike


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Conor Webb
Graduate Assistant

Email: conor@madisonhouse.org

Conor joined the Madison House team in August of 2018. After graduating in 2015 from James Madison University (JMU) with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Conor hung around "The Friendly City" of Harrisonburg for three more years working first at Blue Ridge Community College as the Assistant Director of Student Activities and most recently as a Development Associate in the Office of Strategic Gifts at JMU. He is currently enrolled full-time in the Higher Education M.Ed. program in the Curry School here at the University of Virginia.

When Conor is not at the Madison House, he enjoys begrudgingly rooting for the Dallas Cowboys, exploring new places that serve Philly cheese steaks, and listening to Jimmy Buffett as the soundtrack accompaniment to his life.  

Programs Advisor: Athletics, CAVS in the Classroom, LAMA, Recreational Therapy, & Summer Programs & Tutoring.